Graphic Artist Donates Large Print to Help Lighthouse Museum and Rockland's Iconic Lighthouse

Released 4/3/08

Alan Claude, Julee Johnson & Shari Closter stand next to Claude's "Grand View"
Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.

(L to R) Graphic artist Alan Claude,
Julee Johnson, Maine Lighthouse Museum gift
store manager and Shari Closter, Penobscot
Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce assistant
director, stand with Claude's "Grand View"
36" x 53" glicee print of the Rockland
Breakwater Lighthouse, which he has
donated to help raise funds for the
Maine Lighthouse Museum and
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

When the subject of beautiful lighthouses and artistic talent meet in an inspirational moment, the results can be quite stunning. Such is the case with a new rendition of Maine's Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse by graphic artist Alan Claude of Farmingdale, ME.

Alan Claude, graphic artist for twelve years, has donated a large "Grand View" 36" x 53" glicee print of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in the hopes of raising funds for both the Maine Lighthouse Museum and The Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation.

The print 'Rockland Breakwater Light' is one of six travelogue posters of 'The Maine Lighthouse Collection Series' Claude released last summer.

A framed sample of the artwork is now on display inside the Maine Lighthouse Museum's Maine Discovery Center lobby at One Park Drive in Rockland.

"Its really an honor to have my art work displayed inside the Maine Discovery Center and to have the potential to financially help the museum and the lighthouse with the $5 raffle" says Alan Claude. In addition, $75 gift certificates for 2nd and 3rd place are good for a smaller 18"x 24" signed print that is also part of the raffle.

Claude will produce only fifty "Grand View" glicee (pronounced "zhee-clay") prints of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse this year. The glicee prints are on acid-free watercolor paper and are signed and numbered along with a "2008" year marking. The glicee print offered in the raffle is number eleven of fifty and normally sells on his website for $855.00.

"I hope people enter the raffle and support the museum and lighthouse," said Claude. "The Maine Lighthouse Museum is in need of the community's financial support to help continue to conserve the nation's largest collection of Fresnel lenses and lighthouse artifacts, while the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is seeking to raise $20,000 to repair their storm-damaged boathouse."

Displaying a full color spectrum, giclee prints have a higher resolution than other forms of printing including serigraphs and have gained wide acceptance among artists and galleries. The $5 raffle drawing will take place on Columbus day weekend Saturday October 11th at eleven a.m. The winner need not be present and will be notified by mail and telephone. Shipping of the giclee will be included in the $5 fee of the raffle.

The goal of the fundraising raffle is to raise $10,000 for the Maine Lighthouse Museum and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

"Alan Claude's generous donation of a 'Grand View' glicee of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for two of Midcoast Maine's most cherished treasures," said Bob Trapani, Jr., director for the Maine Lighthouse Museum and executive director for the American Lighthouse Foundation. "The eventual winner of Claude's artwork will take home a terrific rendition of the iconic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse that is sure to be an admired conversation piece for family and friends alike."

Alan Claude's "Rockland Breakwater Light" art is also gracing the cover of the 2008 Penobscot Chamber of Commerce magazine. His Maine Lighthouse Collection Series prints are at the museum gift store.

The 'Grand View' glicee of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse can be viewed at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which is located at One Park Dr, Rockland, Wednesday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through Memorial Day and then daily during the summer.